Swan Blessing - Past Life and Ancestral Clearing Sessions

 

Journeying Home with the Ancestor Seers, Witches, Dreamers & Healers

Swan Blessing is a personal vision ceremony to reclaim the ancestral folklore and dreaming of your lineage. By releasing ourselves from the fears of the past and heavy soul vows of poverty, chastity, silence and obedience, we rebuild the ancestral dreaming tracks to recover the wisdom of the women’s mysteries. 

We do this to be free women and to bring wholeness to the lineage of ancestral folklore in our family tree - sending love along the roots to our grandmothers and to the branches and the daughters to come.

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Releasing Past Vows and Ancestral Patterns

 

Vow of Poverty

Vow of Silence

Vow of Chastity

Vow of Obedience

Healer's Oath

Warrior's Oath

“The swan’s beak presses against the back of my heart, and her wings wrap around me. The child and the grandmother. My inner child and my wise woman. Fled in fear, destroyed and separated. Yet leaving messages to be understood down the path of time, to return home to this place of light. To shine. And work the magic of our lineage that can not be destroyed.”
— Rachel, Swan Blessing 2017
“I Mandy am Seer and Healer. I now choose to allow my medicine to flow through me again. I find courage when I am afraid. I nourish those around me with my words. It is safe to stay connected, and my gift in doing so allows others to come back into connection also”.
— Mandy Adams, Swan Blessing 2016
“I am so happy to finally be free of my old fears that kept me quiet and small for so long, and when my old doubts resurface or life gets me down, I know how to lift myself up and re-ignite my joy – I put on one of my talismans. Wear yours every day, you never need to tone yourself down, you are never too much, too bright, too big, too bold, too colorful – you can be your full on, shimmering self every moment of your life, and just smile at anyone who thinks otherwise, because they are the ones who need color most of all.

I am so grateful to Julia and her Swan Blessing, she gave me back my life, my freedom, my happiness. If you feel as if something is holding you back, reach out to her and go on your journey – your true self is waiting for you and Julia will guide you there so safely and gently.”
— Camille, Swan Blessing 2107
Julia Inglis

My Doll Story - Julia Inglis

 

The spirit doll is an ancient being, familiar and beloved to many cultures around the world. Making a spirit doll is engaging in the art of healing and enchantment – to weave life and love into a creation by making something solely by hand with materials from nature. By engaging in these ancestral crafts we weave a bridge back to our own great grandmothers who I believe send blessings to us and to the doll herself before she travels on to do her work with those who need her. I am passionate about embracing and honouring these folk magic handcrafts of our grandmothers that have been forgotten or worse still, been misunderstood. 

I believe my grandmothers brought this craft back to me so that I could live in the forest away from the city and continue to do healing work with people without carrying the heaviness of issues they are dealing with afterwards. Unfortunately I learnt this the hard way after experiencing exhaustion in my city practice - I kept seeing people receive the most beautiful visions of their spirits during healing sessions but they were unable to hold onto this vision afterwards. I saw that they needed to have something tangible and real, something physical to hold to remind them of how powerful and magical they truly are. Especially to hold through times of loss and fear. The doll came to me in a dream 13 years before but it wasn't until I moved to the forest 4 years ago that I sat with a friend one day to be shown how to needle felt a doll. Something huge unlocked inside me that day and within hours I was creating dolls non-stop. It was as if my hands remembered this craft so well and were so happy! I could feel my grandmothers guiding and teaching me about fleece and fibre, how to include plants that assisted with healing and where to find them in the forest.

As the time went on and I settled into my new forest home, I was creating a doll every day. And I began to notice a new theme turning up in my work with the spirit doll. Not only was I focussing on the person who I was creating for, I began to become aware of the stories of forgotten women and children in history and environments that were carrying the memory of traumatic events that took place there. I began to create dolls for the living and the dead. The strongest stories for me were of the women and children incarcerated within the Magdalene Laundries and I began by creating and leaving a doll at the old site of the laundry near my home in Melbourne, Australia to be a comfort for the spirits who may still be feeling pain there. I travelled to Ireland and left dolls for the women of the Magdalene Laundry in Dublin. I then met with survivors and created dolls for the living too. I have been called to create and leave dolls at the sites of persecution of women as healers and witches in Scotland and to gift dolls to a pauper's graveyard in London known as a the Cross Bones Graveyard.

The balance of dolls for the living and the dead seems to be the way that I give back for my spiritual inheritance. Another way is to leave dolls in nature, in the forest - sometimes as gifts to the trees and sometimes with a note to let people know that if they find this doll she is theirs - she is a free gift to them. Sometimes when people find the dolls in nature they ring me and ask if they can really keep her? I assure them that she is for them and they can't believe it - but this teaching and lesson of giving for nothing is a very important part of the teaching of the doll. Whenever I feel lacking or worried I will create one of these 'free' dolls and give her away and not long after I am aware of the lightening of my own load and strange, beautiful gifts turning up for me too.

You see something very magical happens for the doll maker. In the act of creating a spirit doll for another, we can't help but travel down that rabbit-hole like Alice in Wonderland - we cannot help but dive into the depths of our own heart. I believe that this is an important process in making spirit dolls, we also get to 'make' and heal ourselves. A kind of 'collective shadow work'. You cannot help but go inward with hand made work, there are long long hours and much repetitive movement. Like our grandmothers many moons ago caught up in the repetition of a needle going into thread, or a spinning wheel forever turning, we begin to enter a kind of dreaming-awake state. In the act of making slowly and by hand, you begin to step into a liminal space between time and hear the voice of your own spirit – the dreamer within the dream. 

The spirit doll can be a mirror or a bridge to a powerful part of yourself that you might not be able to express. She is a friend and the more time you spend with this friend the more you love them. Perhaps you begin to tell the doll secrets that you hold in your heart and cannot share with others. The doll lives with you daily - through good times and bad - the doll is always accepting. And then a funny thing happens, you begin to feel the living spirit in this doll and how much love it has for you. You then recognise this love as part of your own spirit and that love for the doll begins to flow back from her to you. You see that you are also a magical, beautiful and creative being. You begin to heal yourself.

Read more about ordering a Sacred Familiar plant spirit doll here.

 

 
Thousand pronged antlers doll
Cicada spirit doll by Sacred Familiar

Following the Swan Map to the Grandmothers

 

Cross Bones Graveyard, London, England

Swan Pools and Cloutie Trees, Cornwall, England

St. Nectan's Glen, Tintagel, England

Swan Circle and Dolls for the Magdalene Laundries, Dublin, Ireland

Dolls for the Ancestors, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Swan Circle and Doll for the Witch of Pittenweem, Scotland

 
Julia and Tony - Sacred Familiar

We remember

"Tony and I standing on the church tower in Pittenweem, Scotland overlooking the exact spot behind the Priory where the women persecuted as witches were burnt. I feel very calm and strong when I am in these places not overcome with emotion as I expected to be. There is a focus in this work that gives me peace - I know that sounds odd. An hour later it grew dark and we gathered with local women, some connected directly to the descendants of these persecuted women. As we stood and spoke their names into the sea two seals swam into the harbour beside us and played. We walked right to the Priory and into the garden, we stood on the ground of the burnings and placed a doll in the rose bush for their spirits. We each quietly spoke our wishes for the women of the past and for the women of the future. These are small acts but they can have an effect. A ripple can become a wave."

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Dolls left as acknowledgement for those who have been made outcast.

 

Sometimes in the face of trauma we wonder what we can even do to help. I believe that even the smallest acts can bring healing and I'm grateful to be able to make something with my hands such as a doll to gift to the living and to the dead. Over the last 4 years I have been drawn to sites of historical trauma and pain for women and children to leave lovingly created dolls as simple gifts for the spirits of the outcast and forgotten. The three main areas of offerings have been at the sites of Magdelene Laundries in Australia and Ireland, the Cross Bones Graveyard a reclaimed resting place for so-called fallen women and homeless children and sites of persecution of healers and wise women and just ordinary folk as witches in my ancestral home of Scotland. These projects are ongoing and growing and I have been honoured beyond belief to meet survivors of the Magdelene Laundries and orphanages and asylums and to gift the dolls to these courageous and enduring women. 

 

 
Maggie a doll for the spirits and survivors in the Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Child Asylums in Dublin. She now lives with Terri Harrison, survivor and founder of 'Forgotten Mothers' in Dublin, Ireland.

Maggie a doll for the spirits and survivors in the Magdalene Laundries and Mother and Child Asylums in Dublin. She now lives with Terri Harrison, survivor and founder of 'Forgotten Mothers' in Dublin, Ireland.

BirdGirl of the Shetland Isles - spirit doll for the ghosts of the Outcast Dead in the pauper's graveyard now a beautiful and sacred community garden known as Cross Bones Graveyard in London, England.

BirdGirl of the Shetland Isles - spirit doll for the ghosts of the Outcast Dead in the pauper's graveyard now a beautiful and sacred community garden known as Cross Bones Graveyard in London, England.

We Remember You - a spirit doll for the Janet Cornfoot and the l women tortured and accused of witchcraft in Pittenweem in Scotland. Now lives in the rose garden at the site of the witch burnings. 

We Remember You - a spirit doll for the Janet Cornfoot and the l women tortured and accused of witchcraft in Pittenweem in Scotland. Now lives in the rose garden at the site of the witch burnings. 

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